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Rice Admits Georgia Started War with Russia

Rice Admits Georgia Started War with Russia

George Washington’s Blog
September 19, 2008

A BBC article from today confirmed what many people have been saying:

Speaking at an event organised by the German Marshall Fund in Washington, Ms Rice acknowledged that Georgia had fired the first shots in the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

“The Georgian government launched a major military operation into Tskhinvali [the capital of South Ossetia] and other areas of that separatist region,” she said.

“Regrettably, several Russian peacekeepers were killed in the fighting,” she added.

 



‘U.S. may use Georgian air bases to strike at Iran’

‘U.S. may use Georgian air bases to strike at Iran’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws39iJS6rgA

Israel Was to Attack Iran from Georgia: Report
http://www.almanar.com.lb/N..etails.aspx?id=54573&language=en

Russian units raid Georgian airfields for use in Israeli strike against Iran – report
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5559

Russia to equip Iran with ‘game changer’?
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=70160&sectionid=351020104

US-Russian deal lets Iran’s nuclear bomb program off the hook
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5616

 



Russian Foreign Minister Rejects New World Order

Russian Foreign Minister Rejects New World Order

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCs1OMum6RE

Russians send warship to Somalia
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article4835610.ece

Russia, Venezuela in new pacts, ‘counterweight’ to US cited
http://www.spacewar.com/2006/080926090814.74lo5q2j.html

Russian warships set sail for manoeuvres near US waters
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20..-venezuela-military-4bdc673.html

“Dangerous gulf” opens between Russia and West

 



Ron Paul: US in Georgia to protect a pipeline

Ron Paul: US in Georgia to protect a pipeline

Press TV
September 11, 2008

US Congressman Ron Paul says the United States is in Georgia not for democracy but to protect an oil pipeline bypassing Russia.

“We are not for democracy there – we are there to protect a pipeline. And that is tragic for me,” he said.

The remarks came as the US Senate Committee on Armed Services held a hearing to cast Moscow as an aggressor in the 5-day conflict in the Caucasus region but a rift among the members hampered decision making.

Another US congressman has accused Georgia of triggering the conflict despite the Bush administration’s taking side with Tbilisi.

Read Full Article Here

 

$1 Billion Aid to Georgia Could Have Helped The Poor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygg2uWsKK6w

Ron Paul and Ralph Nader on CNN – (9/10/2008)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEw0qKjP7hk

Ron Paul Statement to the National Press Club
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhdufSTRdV0

Ron Paul rejects McCain campaign’s plea for endorsement
http://rawstory.com/n..ul_offers_support_to_thirdparty_0910.html

Ron Paul urges Americans to vote for third-party candidates
http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/30258

 



Evidence S. Ossetia Attack Was Planned a Year Ago

NATO Black Sea fleet build up coordinated in advance to coincide with Georgian attack on South Ossetia

DTN

August 29, 2008

MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) – Georgia planned the military operation against its breakaway republic of South Ossetia a year in advance, a source in one of Russia’s security bodies said Saturday.

The source also told RIA Novosti that the operation was coordinated with NATO’s plans to strengthen its naval presence in the Black Sea.

“The statements of some NATO representatives that the maneuvers of the alliance’s ships in the Black Sea were planned a year ago are evidence that attacks on South Ossetia and Abkhazia were planned earlier, maybe even last year,” the source said.

A NATO representative earlier said that the three-week deployment – which includes stops at Romanian and Bulgarian ports – was planned at least a year ago, well before the conflict in Georgia.

Already under strain due to NATO’s courting of Ukraine and Georgia, and over U.S. missile defense plans in Eastern Europe, relations between the alliance and Russia have frayed badly since Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia and Russia’s subsequent military operation.

In the opinion of the source, NATO’s buildup of naval force in the Black Sea under the cover of providing humanitarian aid to Georgia, sets a dangerous precedent and may sharply destabilize the situation in the region.

Speaking Friday at RIA Novosti news conference, the deputy chief of the Russian military’s general staff expressed doubts whether it is necessary to have NATO vessels in the Black Sea delivering humanitarian aid to Georgia.

“Now that the conflict [with South Ossetia] is exhausted, there are NATO vessels [in the Black Sea]. What for and with what aim?” Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn said.

He also said Russia would reply swiftly to all provocations against its Black Sea Fleet.

Source

A seperate Item quotes NATO’s web site.

NATO said the deployment had been planned for over a year, adding that Turkey had been notified of the requirement to transit the Bosporus strait in June, long before the conflict in Georgia.

It also said that, in accordance with the Montreux Convention, the ships would leave within 21 days of their arrival.

Source

 



Russia Cruiser To Test Weapons In Crowded Black Sea

Russia Cruiser To Test Weapons In Crowded Black Sea

Stuff
August 26, 2008

Russia’s flagship cruiser has re-entered the Black Sea for weapons tests hours after the Russian military complained about the presence of US and other Nato naval ships near the Georgian coast.

The ’Moskva’ had led a battle group of Russian naval vessels stationed off the coastline of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia during Russia’s recent conflict with Georgia and sank smaller Georgian craft.

The assistant to the Russian Navy’s commander-in-chief told Russian news agencies the cruiser had put to sea again two days after returning to its base at the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol.

“’Moskva’ has today departed toward the Black Sea Fleet’s naval training range to check its radio-controlled weapons and onboard communications systems,” Captain Igor Dygalo was quoted as saying by Interfax.

The Russian navy’s press office was unable to confirm his comments when contacted by Reuters.

The presence of so many ships from Nato countries earlier drew the ire of a Russian military spokesman during a daily media briefing on the conflict.

“The fact that there are nine Western warships in the Black Sea cannot but be a cause for concern. They include two US warships, one each from Spain and Poland, and four from Turkey,” Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of the Russian military’s General Staff said.

On Sunday, the US guided missile destroyer USS McFaul arrived with aid including camp beds, bedding, tents and mobile kitchen units, the US Defence Department spokesman Bryan. Whitman said.

Separately, the US Coast Guard cutter Dallas has been dispatched with aid, while a third vessel, the Navy command ship USS Mount Whitney, is being loaded in Italy with humanitarian supplies for Georgia, he said.

The Nato ships in the Black Sea are carrying more than 100 ’Tomahawk’ cruise missiles, with more than 50 onboard the USS McFaul alone that could hit ground targets, reported RIA news agency, quoting unnamed sources in Russian military intelligence.

 

Russia test-fires Topol missile

Pravda
August 28, 2008

Russia’s strategic and space troops successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Topol (RS12M). The missile is designed to avoid detection by anti-missile defense systems. The launch was performed at 2:36 p.m. Moscow time from Plesetsk space port, RIA Novosti reports.
The missile successfully covered the distance of almost 6,000 kilometers and hit a hypothetical target on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

“The missile warhead accurately hit the hypothetical target, having thereby exercised its ability to strike pinpoint targets,” a senior spokesman for Russia’s strategic missile troops, Alexander Vovk said in a statement.

Russia previously tested the Topol (RS12M) ballistic missile on December 8, 2007.

The development of the Topol missile complex started in 1977, the first tests were carried out in 1983. The complex is capable of hitting targets at a distance of over 10,000 kilometers.

Read Full Article Here

U.S. & Russian Warships Line Up Over Georgia
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/27/georgia.russia1

US aid warships redirected from Russian-controlled Poti to Batumi
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5537

Russian admiral: Our Black Sea fleet can destroy NATO’s group in 20 minutes
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5541

Putin Talks Of Black Sea Confrontation
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4622422.ece

Russia’s Warships Arrived in Abkhazia
http://www.kommersant.com/p-13138/Abkhazia_warship/

 



Saakashvili Planned to Flee Georgia During Conflict

Saakashvili asked the U.S. to send him a plane in the heat of the conflict
It turns out Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili planned to leave the country

KP
August 21, 2008

The information barrier in Georgia has complicated the local population’s ability to understand how the events truly unfolded in South Ossetia. For over two weeks, the Georgian intelligence has maintained control over foreign news sources.

All Russian sites and “enemy TV” have been blocked. However, the government’s official propaganda was dealt a serious blow yesterday when the country’s only Russian-language newspaper Vecherniy Tbilisi published an interview with renowned political scientist Ramaz Klimiashvili.

Klimiashvili said that “based on information from the presidential chancellery and U.S. governmental structures, Mikhail Saakashvili requested that a plane be sent in for him when the threat neared of Russian forces taking Tbilisi.”

When the news began to spread, Klimiashvili writes, the opposition started to panic. Despite their many differences, Saakashvili was maintaining control over the situation and “without him at the helm the country would sink into chaos.”

The political scientist says Saakashvili wouldn’t have launched a full-scale military operation without U.S. consent.

“Was the U.S. really unaware that Russia would respond just like they did years back in Kosovo?” he asks. “I don’t exclude the possibility that to a large extent Bush was interested in seeing Russia’s reaction — whether the country was ready to utilize the Kosovo option. Russia was forced to act decisively to avoid looking helpless in the eyes of the Caucasus people.”

Klimiashvili believes that little good will come of the South Ossetian war.

“I don’t doubt the August affairs may one day be seen as more of a catastrophe than Georgia’s loss of Abkhazia in 1993,” he said. “We don’t yet know what is really going on… If the U.S. is involved here, then the guilt should be on their conscience.”